Research Profile

Deirdre Browne

Biography

I work as a clinical teacher of undergraduate dental students in the paediatric clinic of Cork University Dental School and Hospital. I also work as a primary dental care provider to children up to the age of 16 years for the Health Service Executive. I have a strong background in dental public health research (awarded a PhD in 2008) and work in collaboration with the Oral Health Services Research Centre Cork in ongoing research in the area of fluorides.

Research Interests

I have a genuine interest in Dental Public Health. I was awarded a PhD in the area of measuring the impact of enamel fluorosis (the only proven risk associated with water fluoridation) on dental aesthetics and quality of life. I am currently a member of the Topical Fluoride Group which has investigated the impact of topical fluorides in the prevention of dental decay. I am also a member of the FACCT (Fluoride and Caring for Children's Teeth) team in which we are exploring the impact of the recent reduction in the level of fluoride in the Irish water supplies on dental decay and enamel fluorosis in Ireland.  I am a gold standard examiner in indices to measure  enamel fluorosis prevalence and also have been involved in developing more objective methods of measuring it.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'The aesthetic impact of enamel fluorosis on Irish adolescents'
Browne D, Whelton H, O'Mullane D, Tavener J, Flannery E; (2011) 'The aesthetic impact of enamel fluorosis on Irish adolescents'. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, [Details]
(2006)'Quantification of dental fluorosis using fluorescence imaging'
Pretty, IA,Tavener, JA,Browne, D,Brettle, DS,Whelton, H,Ellwood, RP (2006) 'Quantification of dental fluorosis using fluorescence imaging'. Caries Research, 40 :426-434 [DOI] [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2005)Fluoride metabolism and fluorosis.
Browne, D,Whelton, H,O'Mullane, D (2005) Fluoride metabolism and fluorosis. Other [DOI] [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2008)The impact of enamel fluorosis on dental aesthetics and quality of life.
Browne D (2008) The impact of enamel fluorosis on dental aesthetics and quality of life. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Dental Association member/
Irish Society of Dentistry for Children member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2005)1st Interdisciplinary Faculty of Medicine & Health Research Conference,
Crowley, T., Browne, D, Whelton, H., Allen, F., Flannery, E. & O'Mullane, D. (2005) The Development of a Questionnaire to Measure the Impact of Enamel Fluorosis on the Quality of Life of Irish Children. [Poster Presentation], 1st Interdisciplinary Faculty of Medicine & Health Research Conference, University College, Cork, Ireland . [Details]
(2006)36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference,
Crowley, T., Browne, D., Whelton, H., Allen, F., Flannery, E. & O'Mullane, D. (2006) The Impact of Tooth Enamel Defects (Fluorosis) on Irish Children's Quality of Life: A New Measure. [Poster Presentation], 36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Fluoride and Caring for Children's Teeth member/
Topical Fluoride Group member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC part-time clinical teacher/
OHSRC researcher/
HSE general dental surgeon/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2008UCC PhDDental Public Health
1999UCC BDS - NUIDental Surgery

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I currently teach and supervise undergraduate dental students in the provision of primary dental care to children in the clinical setting. I also periodically lecture post-graduate Masters students on Quality of Life and Oral Health Related Quality of Life based on research from my PhD.

I encourage problem-based learning and case-based learning.

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School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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